Georgia is considering a plan to sell a network of state-owned golf courses to private companies, according to an article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
The Board of Natural Resources voted recently to recommend privatizing seven of the eight state courses during the next two budget cycles. A nine-hole course in tiny Fargo, near the Okefenokee Swamp in the far southeastern corner of the state, would be shut down entirely.
The proposal is part of belt-tightening plans being put forth across state government to deal with a $1.6 billion budget shortfall.
The Department of Natural Resources’ cost-cutting suggestions, which also would include closing some state parks and historic sites, has been submitted to Gov. Sonny Perdue’s budget office.
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